I have searched tags and haven't found this topic, but being on Tumblr has gotten me curious. I would like to start out by saying that I do not mean in any way to target specific people in a negative way, I'm just looking for opinions here.
I've seen some people say that if you only know the vortex, you're not a hooper. I actually got an anonymous message telling me that because I only did vortexes in one of my videos, that I did not deserve an expensive LED hoop, and that I was not a hooper. So, my questions:
Is there a difference, in your opinion, between being a hooper and just having fun with a hula hoop?
If you think there is a difference, what is the difference? Being able to do certain tricks (if so, what tricks? Do certain tricks not 'count'?)? Having 'flow'? Using a certain type or size of hoop?
I do not wish to start any arguments, but encourage all sorts of different opinions to be expressed! Thanks!
So you (@ doc) are agreeing with the shitty comment...she doesn't DESERVE an "expensive" LED, just a "regular" one.
Yeah that just seems a little off to me... I think anyone can buy any crazy led hoop they want, as long as it makes them happy.
First of all, that person was an idiot! How dare someone say that to any dancer/artist ...."YOUR art is not like MY art, so it ISNT art, so there! blah blah blah."
No one, unless they're terribly insecure, has any right to say if you don't meet certain requirements (and who exactly put those forth???) that you aren't who you KNOW you are. Its just their immaturity and, again, egocentric insecurity!. What am I saying, other than I hate people like that, is that having fun with a hoop IS being a hooper. The only "difference" I see, if I were to try to see it, is that maybe a little kid who just picks up a hoop, runs around with it, hoops here and there is having fun and maybe not a hooper...yet. I think calling yourself a hooper implies your dedication level, NOT your experience level.
There's pettiness and ego everywhere and in everything, my suggestion is...screw what other people think or say about what you love.
The vortex is my favorite move, personally and I truly believe there are an infinite # of ways to do it. That's where creativity comes in and flow just naturally "flows in".
Sorry to rant, but saying stuff like that has killed many an artists' creative energy. I mean, this isn't Russian Ballet. There is so much freedom in hooping I think people just cant help but shut things down for others because they can't feel it! And they were obviously cowards to post anonymously.
You may want to get the audiobook "The Creative Fire" by Dr. Clarrissa Pinkola-Estes. Just to protect your own creative fire from these a**holes. She mentions those types exclusively.
Take care, my friend
no i dont agree with the shitty comment. i had a led hoop long before i ever performed (and did the vortex a lot lol) i guess performance is just my way of telling myself its ok to spend all this money.
thats cool. Maybe that makes it more of a special hoop for you. I actually did wait a year before getting my first one.
Felicia... thank you so much for posting that long one!!! i sat here trying to think how to say what i wanted to say and then i saw yours,,,you beat me to it lol
Just want to throw my 2 cents in on this. I literally started hooping about 6 weeks ago. I bought my first hoop within a week after borrowing a friends and bought an LED hoop within a week of that. I bought my led hoop because i think its beautiful and yeah its a lot of money to spend on something im just starting but if anything I feel like the investment I have already put into this will encourage me to stick with it. I never bought it to pose as an experienced hooper but because I like hooping at night and think the pictures are cool and like how the videos I do look with it that I record to help me learn and improve. Do I consider myself a hooper, yup sure do. I do because its something I enjoy doing and do pretty much every day. Its something Im investing my time and energy into and its something I am determined and motivated to become better at. If anyone wants to judge me for not being able to do all the tricks and thinks im a poser they are probably someone who's opinion means nothing to me anyway, so they can continue to be negative and judge on while I continue to enjoy hooping with my pretty lights and having fun with my friends.
you're stereotyping all smokers as boring.
Stereotyping, group identifying and good ol fashioned jealousy and pettiness occurs in all clusters and gatherings of people. Too bad. I think it muddies the water.
When you truly connect with what YOU do, YOUR own movement, YOUR own flow and your own needs with the hoop, only you may define it. No one else. And if they clap, or boo, or try to 'steal your style' (impossible) it is still YOURS. Call it what you will.
and on that note...is there a difference between a hooper and hoop dancer? (Ha! deal with that one! ;-))
As long as you're enjoying yourself, that's all that matters. As far as hoopers being related to drugs i can't really comment bc i love the occasional roll and raves and i smoke weed haha. However, I also meditate every day and do yoga... hooping is a different experience for everyone, & everyone deserves to honor and respect their time within the hoop regardless of the opinions of others.
funny thing about opinions, everyone has one! The trick is to smile at those that please you & ingore those that don't.
Peace all ways,